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Prisons in Maryland

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Office of the Secretary 300 East Joppa Road, Suite 1000 Towson, MD 21286 Phone: 1.877.379.8636 or 1.410.339.5000 Website
    Baltimore Pre-Release Unit Baltimore Pre-Release Unit for Women Baltimore Pre-Release Unit for Women-Annex Brockbridge Correctional Facility Eastern Correctional Institution Eastern Pre-Release Unit Home Detention Unit Jessup Pre-Release Unit Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center ("Baltimore Supermax Prison") Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup Maryland Correctional Institution - Women Maryland Correctional Training Center Maryland House of Correction Maryland House of Correction Annex Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center Metropolitan Transition Center North Branch Correctional Institution Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit Roxbury Correctional Institution Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit Herman L. Toulson Boot Camp Western Correctional Institution
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A prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Prisons are conventionally institutions, which form part of the criminal justice system of a country, such that imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime.

In popular parlance of many countries, the term jail is considered synonymous with prison, although legally these are often distinct institutions: typically jails are intended to hold persons awaiting trials or serving sentences of less than one year, whereas prisons host prisoners serving longer sentences.

A criminal suspect who has been charged with or is likely to be charged with a criminal offense may be held on remand in prison if he or she is denied, refused or unable to meet conditions of bail, or is unable to post bail. This may also occur where the court determines that the suspect is at risk of absconding before the trial, or is otherwise a risk to society. A criminal defendant may also be held in prison while awaiting trial or a trial verdict. If found guilty, a defendant will be convicted and may receive a custodial sentence requiring imprisonment.

Prisons may also be used as a tool of political repression to detain political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, and "enemies of the state", particularly by authoritarian regimes. In times of war or conflict, prisoners of war may also be detained in prisons. A prison system is the organizational arrangement of the provision and operation of prisons, and depending on their nature, may invoke a corrections system. Although people have been imprisoned throughout history, they have also regularly been able to perform prison escapes. Source: Wikipedia

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